03 Jul '11, 10am

Fabled Cambodian 'puzzle' temple reopens to public

Fabled Cambodian 'puzzle' temple reopens to public

The ancient Angkor temple, described as the world's largest three dimensional puzzle, is the result of decades of painstaking work, hampered by tropical rains and civil war, which required the taking apart of hundreds of thousands of sandstone blocks and piecing them back together again. -- PHOTO: AFP SIEM REAP - AN ANCIENT Angkor temple in north-western Cambodia was reopened to the public on Sunday following the completion of a decades-long renovation project described as the world's largest puzzle. The restoration of the 11th-century Baphuon monument, one of the country's largest after Angkor Wat, was celebrated with a high-profile ceremony attended by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. The finished project is the result of half a century of painstaking efforts by restorers to take apart the crumbling tower's 300,000 sandstone bloc...

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